MDE1326 - Post-medieval stone quarry on Furzehill Common (Monument)


A disused post-medieval stone quarry is visible as an irregular, circular earthwork. It was previously interpreted as a hut circle or cairn.

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(SS 73254458) Hut Circle (NR). [1] This feature is shown but not named on the Ordnance Survey six inch map of 1962. It is not listed by Grinsell, but may be a cairn as are other alleged hut circles in this vicinity. [2,3] McDonnell observed an irregular circular earthwork, possibly a small quarry, at SS 7325 4458. It is visible on aerial photographs dating from 1947 and 1977. [4-6] SS 7325 4459. A disused stone quarry, shown (but not annotated) on the 1889 Ornance Survey Map. [7-8] A small circular stone quarry or extractive pit of probable post-medieval date is visible on aerial photographs on the west of Furzehill Common, Lynton and Lynmouth. It is depicted but not annotated on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1890, suggesting it was abandoned prior to publication. The Devon HER recorded it as a third ring cairn, but when viewed in stereo it is clearly a cut feature [7,9-10]

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1896. County Series, First Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1891.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.
  • <3> Serial: Devon Archaeological Society. 1929+. Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings. 124.
  • <4> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS7344a.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. RAF/CPE/UK/1980, 4079 (April 1947).
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MAM/13/072 (May 1977).
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Devon 7(6).
  • <8> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 12 September 1994.
  • <9> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182.
  • <10> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/72314 281-82 (16 August 1972).



Grid reference Centred SS 7325 4458 (32m by 32m) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS74SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 12267
  • Devon SMR: SS74SW/57
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20341
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO114
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW58
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 35494

Record last edited

Jan 22 2018 11:41AM


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